It wasn’t the highest scoring game ever played at Southwest University Ballpark but it was anything but feeble in star power.
Each team brought their league’s most popular players and fortunately for the Pacific Coast League, their team packed a little more oomph in their 9-3 win over the International League’s All-Stars.
The win extended the PCL All-Stars’ winning streak to three over the Internationals.
The game featured three El Paso Chihuahuas: infielder Ty France (1-for-4 with a home run); infielder Luis Urias (1-for-3 with a home run); and catcher Austin Allen (1-for-2).
Chihuahuas slugger France earned the 2019 All-Star Most Valuable Player award.
The PCL All-Stars started the show in the 2nd inning with after four consecutive RBI hits that scored a total of four runs – the kicker was that all four of those were made on two outs.
The PCL was feasting on the Internationals’ pitching and sprinkled another four runs on the board by the 5th inning: including a home run by France in the 3rd inning that landed on the outer edge of the playground in center field and one-hopped onto Santa Fe Street.
Urias, probably inspired by his teammate, smacked a high-flying two-run bomb in the 5th.
The Internationals scored their first run in the 5th inning and haphazardly added a couple more until scoring their last and third run in the 8th inning. By that time, the PCL had a comfortable 9-3 lead and had earned a three-year streak and bragging rights until next year.
The winning pitcher was Jake Woodford – a starter for the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals affiliate. The losing pitcher was Keegan Akin, a starter for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles.
There were 9,706 fans at the stadium for the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game. | Full Box Score
Author: Larry Monarrez | Gallery: Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
The El Paso Chihuahuas announced today that Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has been named the title partner of the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game.
The 2019 RMHC Triple-A All-Star Game & Jarritos Triple-A Home Run Derby will take place July 8-10 at Southwest University Park.
“It’s an honor to host Triple-A Baseball’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, Minor League Baseball’s premier and most exclusive events, here in El Paso at Southwest University Park,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford, “and we are thrilled to have national organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities and Jarritos as our title partners.”
Gates for the 2019 RMHC Triple-A All-Star Game will open at 5:30 p.m. The game is slated to air on the MLB Network and Chihuahuas All-Star broadcaster Tim Hagerty will call the game on 600 ESPN El Paso.
“RMHC is excited to be a part of the 2019 Triple-A All Star Game,” said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO, of RMHC. “We look forward to the opportunity to engage Minor League Baseball fans with our mission of keeping families with ill or injured children near the medical care they need, when they need it most.”
RMHC helps families stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care.
RMHC gives families the ability to spend more time with their ill or injured children, to interact with their doctors, and to make important decisions about their care. To donate, please click here.
“This is truly a great set of partners for both of the events,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “This game and its messaging will highlight the efforts and the impact that RMHC provides. Jarritos and their overall line of drinks will surely add some flavor to the Home Run Derby.”
Started in 1988, the 32nd edition of the game will showcase the best players of Triple-A Baseball’s Pacific Coast (PCL) and International Leagues. Since 1998, the International League has bested the PCL with a 12-9 record with the PCL the winners in 2017 & 2018.
All-Star Game alumni include current San Diego Padres Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler, as well as Derek Jeter, Chase Utley and Joc Pederson, to name a few.
Individual tickets and bundled packages for both events are available and on sale now, but they are going fast. Group leaders are able to purchase a group to the All-Star Game and/or the Home Run Derby.
Supplies are limited so fans are encouraged to buy now so as not to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime events. Tickets can be purchased at the Southwest University Park box offices, online or by calling (915) 533-BASE.
2019 JARRITOS TRIPLE-A HOME RUN DERBY
JULY 8, 2019
6 p.m. Gates Open
6-7 p.m. All-Star Autograph Session
7 p.m. “Around the Horn” competition featuring local Youth Baseball Teams
The El Paso Chihuahuas announced their 2019 season schedule, including the dates for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star game.
The season kicks off in El Paso on April 4th versus the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) at Southwest University Park.
The 140-game schedule includes the 32nd edition of the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be played at Southwest University Park, July 8-10, in a nationally televised game. The game includes a number of events including the Home Run Derby.
“The Chihuahuas ownership and staff are looking forward to the All-Star season filled with new promotions, fun and events. Our sixth season will also see our 3-millionth fan!” said Sr. Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor.
As members of the Pacific Coast League’s (PCL) Pacific Conference, the Chihuahuas will face Albuquerque, Fresno, Las Vegas, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake and Tacoma four times, twice each in home-and-away series.
The Chihuahuas will take on each member of the American Conference once, including visits to Iowa (June 4-6), Omaha (June 7-10), Nashville (July 30-August 1) and Memphis (August 2-5). Round Rock will visit El Paso in a three game series, August 7-9, and San Antonio, who will make the move from Double-A to Triple-A in 2019, will follow, August 10-13.
Opening Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th in a five game home series vs. the Las Vegas 51s to kick-off a 12-game April home schedule that includes Easter Sunday on April 21st. The Chihuahuas will play 15 home games in May and June, including Father’s Day on June 16th, 10 home games in July and finish the home season on Thursday, August 29th.
The regular season ends in Sacramento on Labor Day, September 2nd.
The Chihuahuas ended their Fifth Season Celebration with their fourth consecutive PCL Pacific Southern Division title, won 82 games – the most since making the move to El Paso, and welcomed more than 500,000 fans through the Southwest University Park gates for the fifth consecutive season.
The Chihuahuas are currently taking deposits for 2019 Season Seats, Groups and Premium Hospitality Events. All patrons who purchase Season Seats and Paw-tial Plans, as well as any groups who place deposits, will receive priority purchase for the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.